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So there is now there is much speculation and rumor that Nintendo will release the console successor to the Wii as early as next year, some 3-5 years earlier than many expected. The general thinking was Nintendo would copy Sony and Microsoft’s 10-year console cycle, but it looks like Nintendo is now going to get a head-start on the competition.
The news is Nintendo will reveal the new console at E3, and it’s codename right now is Cafe. It will supposedly feature controllers with large 6″ touch screens, and the console itself will be as big as the first Xbox, with design cues that hint at the SNES.
I thought I’d throw together this concept of what I think the new console will look like. Because it is backwards-compatible with Wii, it will have a disc drive (goes against my prediction from a few months back). I also included a cartridge slot for 3DS games, as I think that might be the driving force behind the touch screens. There is no word if this console will also be 3D.
I kept the design similar to the Wii, but with nods to the SNES and DS. The iconic 4-button layout is for the power, eject, home, and controller sync functions. The ‘D-pad’ is just a light indicator for the number of controllers that are being used.
One day I will make the matching controller and possibly a few other console concepts before E3 2011 rolls around in June.
So here are 2 ideas I actually came up with in the kitchen and use quite often:
1.- Add some frozen broccoli and/or cauliflower to the same pot of boiling water you’re cooking macaroni in for Kraft Dinner. Strain it all together and add the cheese sauce and milk. It tastes amazing. Though a handful of frozen veggies with a box of KD will turn this into 2 servings. Add a bit of extra milk and butter, as the veggies soak up the cheese mix.
2.- Add a tablespoon of vanilla ice-cream to your coffee. Not only do you add a sweetener and creamer, but it helps cool your coffee too. The flavor is as addictive as the ice-cream you add.
So not a gadget exactly. I am trying not to replicate the type of gadget right now, opting to showcase a variety of products. In the future, I will be showing ‘duplicates’ of ideas posted, meaning more alarm clocks, usb gadgets, and so forth.
Today’s item is a First-Aid kit in the guise of a video game ‘medkit’. This could either be hung on the wall in the bathroom or kitchen, serving as an emergency kit. Or it can simply be a small medicine cabinet to store all your hygiene wares by the bathroom sink. A small, compact version could be issued for use as a travel kit. Either way, you can treat yourself like you’ve been through war.
The example illustrated above is from Half Life 2. Many other games have their own unique health kits; such as Halo, Splinter Cell, Call of Duty, etc.
There might be some legal hurdles with this one…litigious people might see this as a toy inviting to toddlers, or completely overlooked in an emergency. That’s what disclaimers are for! Of all the ideas I have presented, this could very well be the cheapest – the equivalent of mass-producing lunch boxes or DVD tin cases. It’s just a fancy First-Aid box, after all.
I just landed a new job with an IP maker (a video game studio), and it is common practice that they would own any ideas or inventions I generate while in their employ.
Not that I am very guarded about what I create and showcase here. These are ideas that use existing properties like Star Wars, are not very practical, and are intended for the positive benefit of everyone – like the environmentally-themed posts.
My work situation merely translates into a low-key approach over the next few months, likely resulting in a reduced frequency of posts.
What is great however, is these ideas don’t have expiry dates, nor are they time-sensitive. If you are new to this blog, feel free to browse the archive.